2012 News

Oakham Ales now at
Internationally renowned Nobu

Nobu Chef - Regis Cursani Hawse Buckler BottlePop stars, politicians, actors, supermodels and royalty will soon be enjoying Oakham’s Hawse Buckler Ale in their dessert when dining at the Michelin starred Japanese restaurant, Nobu London. The famous restaurant, whose partners include Robert De Niro and American restaurateur Drew Nieporent, elegantly occupies the first floor of The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane.

Regis Cursani, Executive Pastry Chef at Nobu UK, selected the East Midlands black beer Hawse Buckler to create a new ice-cream dessert - called ‘MOM.A’ - which will be on the menu from January 2013.

Regis said: "It’s fantastic to find a UK based brewery which has the same philosophy regarding flavours and quality that I do. Oakham’s Hawse Buckler bursts with chocolate, raisin and dark malt aromas. Its complex spice and coffee malt will perfectly complement the apricot and peach flavours in our ice-cream, balanced by flavours of peanut and hazelnut cookies with a hint of salt."

The restaurant does not serve real ales, so to have an Oakham Ales beer make the breakthrough onto the menu is a real coup for the award-winning East Midlands based brewery.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales said:"Nobu is an internationally renowned restaurant and I hope that once its famous clientele sees Oakham Ales on the menu they will want to sample more..."

Oakham Ales First Brewery To Use Native American Hop ‘Humulus Lupulus Neomexicanus’ Nicknamed ‘Multihead’

Multihead Oakham Ales, the acclaimed innovative brewery based in the East Midlands is no stranger to using American hops for the first time in the UK. Oakham Ales was the first brewery to launch a single hop varietal beer using the Citra hop in November 2009, then, in November 2011 it was the Baby Belma hop. December 2012 heralds the launch of Oakham’s ‘Multihead’ beer (the nickname for the ‘Humulus Lupulus Neomexicanus’ hop), for the first time in the UK.

Multi HeadThe beer is once again a result of the Brewery’s Production Director, John Bryan, being introduced to the hop on his annual research trip to the USA. The grower, Eric Desmarais, introduced Multihead to John when he was visiting his farm in Moxee, a small town in Yakima County, Washington. Eric had acquired the hop from a friend who has grown unusual hops in the mountainous area of the Yakima Valley for the past twenty years.

John’s good working relationship with the growers, built up over the years, has enabled him to have first option and he arranged to have the whole crop of ‘Multihead’ flown over to Peterborough. He has enough in the brewery to produce 60 barrels of beer which will be available from the first week of December 2012.

Light in colour with an A.B.V. of 4.8% John Bryan describes the beer as having a fruity aroma similar to “boiled sweets and pear drops. The initial taste is tart softening to reveal some fruity sweetness with an accumulating bitterness.”

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales comments: “It’s fantastic to have a UK first for the third time. We may not be the largest brewer in the UK, but we are proud to lead the way regarding innovation”

Multihead will be on draught nationally through the free trade and via selected distributors from December 2012. For further sales information contact Oakham Ales on telephone: 01733 370500 or e-mail: sales@oakhamales.com

Highly Successful Brewer Oakham Ales Continues to Expand Team

Pictured (l-r): Nigel Wattam,  Oakham Ales Commercial Manager, Marcus Gregory,  Oakham Ales Area Sales Manager, Emma Walker, Oakham Ales HR and Finance Manager, Matthew Ashford, Oakham Ales Area Sales Manager and Paul Langley, Oakham Ales Free Trade Sales Manager. Pictured (l-r): Nigel Wattam, Oakham Ales Commercial Manager, Marcus Gregory, Oakham Ales Area Sales Manager, Emma Walker, Oakham Ales HR and Finance Manager, Matthew Ashford, Oakham Ales Area Sales Manager and Paul Langley, Oakham Ales Free Trade Sales Manager.

Oakham Ales, the acclaimed innovative ale brewery based in the East Midlands, has re-structured and expanded its head office team which now stands at twenty-seven people. The changes have been made in the wake of several high profile awards for its distinctively hoppy ales and the continued growth in volume of its cask and bottled beer ranges both nationally and internationally.

Paul Langley and Nigel Wattam have been promoted from Area Sales Managers to Free Trade Sales Manager and Commercial Manager respectively. Oakham Ales has recruited Marcus Gregory and Matthew Ashford to take over their sales roles. Emma Walker has also been promoted to the newly created management post of HR and Finance Manager, from her previous role as Office Manager.

Paul Langley will be responsible for the management and continued development of Oakham Ales Free Trade Sales both within the Brewery’s heartland in the East Midlands and Anglia regions as well as nationally. Nigel Wattam will be responsible for the Sales Support operation, in addition to the development of the Oakham Ales brand throughout the UK. Emma WalkerM, as well as her Personnel and Finance responsibilities, will also project manage the implementation of a new fully integrated IT system.

The Brewery now has over 225 pubs signed up to its ‘Oakademy of Excellence’ and its popularity is growing each year. Established in late 2009, Oakademy member outlets serve Oakham Ales on a permanent basis and membership benefits include access to ‘limited edition’ ales, available only to ‘Oakademy of Excellence’ participants.

Oakham’s bottled ale business has grown hugely in 2012 with its core brands JHB, Inferno, Citra and Bishops Farewell available throughout the brewery’s heartland. Citra has recently expanded its distribution and can now be found in around one hundred and forty Waitrose Stores in the South East.

Cambridgeshire Golden Ale, which the brewery produces for M&S, is now available through virtually every M&S food hall that has a licence to sell alcohol - approximately five hundred stores nationally. The Brewery has also recently started exporting its bottled beer range with orders from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Slovenia and Southern Ireland - in fact the Brewery has recently doubled its warehouse space to 20,000 square feet to accommodate its growing bottled beer business.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director Oakham Ales says: “It gives me great pleasure to promote from within the Brewery – it’s great for morale and illustrates that there is a real career path within Oakham Ales. Paul, Nigel and Emma have all worked for the Brewery for some time and will help develop our fast expanding business going forward”. He continues:

“Both Marcus and Matthew join Oakham Ales with a wealth of experience in the drinks industry and I’m confident they will continue to provide an excellent service to our existing customers as well as develop our business further within their geographical areas.”

Oakham Ales 'Return of the Vikings' Brew Welcomes the Royal Anglian Regiment
(The Vikings) Home

Return of the Vikings The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings) relaxing with their namesake beer brewed by Oakham Ales at Charters Bar.

Innovative East Midlands brewey, Oakham Ales, has brewed a special beer - ‘Return of the Vikings’ - to mark the home coming of the Royal Anglian Regiment, who are also known as the Vikings. The returning soldiers handed in their weapons at Peterborough Town Hall on the 9th November and the entire regiment was invited for a free pint of ‘Return of the Vikings’ beer at Charters, the popular riverside bar based in Peterborough.
Return of the Vikings ‘Return of the Vikings’ has a 4.8% A.B.V. is dark in colour with a substantial hop aroma and taste. Its sweetness leads to a long, hoppy, bittersweet finish. Returning soldiers relaxed with a pint and chatted with locals. The limited edition ale is on sale at Charters and The Brewery Tap, Westgate as well as selected pubs in Peterborough during the month of November.

Oakham Ales and sister company, The Oaka Group which owns Charters, East Restaurant and the Brewery Tap in Peterborough, joins the rest of the community in welcoming home The Royal Anglian regiment.

Oakham Ales Builds Team in 2012

Nick Jones and Jim Whyman Oakham Ales has expanded its head office team to twenty-five people in the wake of several high profile awards for its beers. Four recent appointments include; Nick Jones, Area Sales Manager, Jim Whyman, Sales Support Supervisor, plus Mark Cripps and Dave Rogalski who join the Warehouse team.

The Brewery now has over 225 pubs signed up to its 'Oakademy of Excellence' and its popularity is growing each year. Established in late 2009, Oakademy member outlets serve Oakham Ales on a permanent basis and membership benefits include access to ‘limited edition’ ales, available only to 'Oakademy of Excellence' participants.

Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA has recently been awarded SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Supreme Champion Beer for 2012, as well as receiving numerous accolades at additional independent beer festivals. So positive has been the response to the draught beer that the Brewery has now launched the beer as a bottle conditioned product in a 660ml bottle.

Oakham’s bottled ale business has grown hugely year on year with its core brands JHB, Inferno, Citra, and Bishops Farewell available throughout the brewery’s heartland in the East-Midlands and East Anglia regions. Its key brands are now available in around thirtyWaitrose and sixty Tesco stores. Oakham Ales is also brewing Cambridgeshire Golden Ale on a permanent basis for M&S which is available in 490 stores nationally Adrian Posnett, Managing Director Oakham Ales says: "I'm delighted to welcome Nick, Jim, Mark and Dave to the team, in a challenging climate it’s good to be recruiting and I know they will each make a valuable contribution in their roles. We are very proud to be recognised by the industry as producing the best beers in the country and the continuing success of our ‘Oakademy’ means that more people than ever will be able to sample them."

SIBA East Region Beer Competition 2012

Bishops Farewell, Black Hole Porter, Citra and Green Devil IPA Overall Champion of the competition:
GOLD – Green Devil IPA
SILVER – Bishops Farewell

Premium Bitters:
GOLD – Bishops Farewell

Premium Strong Beers:
GOLD – Green Devil IPA

Porters, Stouts, Old Ales and Strong Milds:
SILVER – Black Hole Porter

Bottled Bitter (up to 4.9%):
GOLD – Citra

Bottled Beers:
SILVER - Citra

The people in Hertfordshire love Oakham Ales. ‘Dreamcatcher’ voted St Albans ‘Beer of the Festival’ for second year running

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director Oakham Ales receiving last year’s award from Phil Defriez (CAMRA South Herts Branch Chairman & Festival Organiser) Pictured (left to right): Adrian Posnett, Managing Director Oakham Ales receiving last year’s award from Phil Defriez (CAMRA South Herts Branch Chairman & Festival Organiser).

Dreamcatcher Peterborough based Oakham Ales is celebrating. Its Dreamcatcher ale has been voted Beer of the Festival at the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) St Albans Beer Festival for the second year running. The Brewery has won the top prize at this festival for three of the last four years. Oakham’s Attila won the top accolade in 2009.

Dreamcatcher was chosen from fifteen other award winning ales and was judged by thirty-four real-ale publicans in the South Herts area as well as Greg Mulholland MP, All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group chairman.

Steve Bury, organiser of the beer tasting judging panel said: “Dreamcatcher scores from the judging panel made this superb beer the outstanding winner– congratulations to Oakham Ales”
With a 6.9% A.B.V. this deep paprika red beer is bursting with blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry flavours and the aroma is underlined with subtle caramelised malt. A delicate hint of marzipan rolls back up to the tip of the tongue before you are left with a smooth, warming, yet dry finish.

Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales comments: “This is fantastic news for the Oakham team. To win beer of the festival for two years running against such stiff competition is praise indeed – the balcony bar which we sponsor at the festival keep ordering more of Dreamcatcher – which I hope illustrates that visitors to the festival, seem to agree with the judge’s decision!”

Oakham Ales roll out the barrel to help Anglia Ruskin team ahead of final

Oakham Ales roll out the barrel to help Anglia Ruskin team ahead of final CB ale Two Anglia Ruskin University students are swapping the lecture hall for a brewery as they aim to win a prestigious international business competition.

Paula Albinana (BA Business Management) and Alena Linhartova (BA International Business Strategy) have won through to the final of the AB Inbev Best Beer Competition in Belgium on April 3.

The competition is to design a concept and brand for a new beer, but Paula and Alena plan to steal a march on their rivals by arriving at AB Inbev’s headquarters in Leuven with a barrel of CB, their new beer.

CB is a low ABV ale (2.8%) with hints of peach and passion fruit designed specifically to attract young female drinkers to the ale category. However, the subtle fruit flavour is achieved by combining specific hops, rather than any additional flavouring.

Tim Froggett, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Anglia Ruskin, said: "I’m delighted with what Alena and Paula have achieved because they have taken this from a theoretical competition to an actual product, which is being brewed and then sold in Cambridge pubs. It’s a great concept and it’s lovely that there’s the link to Cambridge through the name and the logo".

Look out for New-K-Ham Flotsam & Jetsam 5.5% ABV

Look out for New-K-Ham Flotsam & Jetsam 5.5% ABV Yes our Production Director John and his mate and owner Newby Wyke brewery Rob have been at it again! Their annual collaboration for 2012 is a ‘genuine cloudy wheat beer’ at 5.2% abv. The two brewers have previously produced a wheat beer but have never attempted a cloudy one so thought why not give it a go. The beer is named after debris which can be found floating in water, but do not let this put you off! If you are a fan of wheat beer, or fancy trying something a little different than our usual mouthful of hoppiness, then give it a try! This beer has limited availability so if you spot it, get in quick!

Oakham Ales Wins Supreme Champion with ‘Green Devil IPA’ at National Beer Awards

(left) category sponsor, (middle) Paul Hook, Partner Oakham ales, (right) Adrian Posnett, managing director Oakham Ales. Pictured: (left) category sponsor, (middle) Paul Hook, Partner Oakham Ales, (right) Adrian Posnett, managing director Oakham Ales.

Oakham Ales took top honours winning Supreme Champion with its Green Devil IPA 6.0% cask ale at a national beer award competition organised by SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers), announced last week in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Golden in colour, it has a harvest hop aroma with tropical fruit flavours bursting through.

Green Devil IPA won the Gold Award in the Premium Strong Beers category before going on to take the Supreme Champion title.  Adrian Posnett, Managing Director of Oakham Ales, said, “We’re delighted to have won this very prestigious Award, especially for Green Devil IPA, which we only started brewing 12 months ago. Awards like this help to cement our reputation and raise our profile with retailers and drinkers; they are a testament to the talent and hard work of our brewing team.”

Taking a Gold award at the National Beer Competition brings more than just prestige. The seven cask beer winners are now guaranteed a place on the SIBA Champions Bar at the Great British Beer Festival this summer.

SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock, said:  “With standards rising every year, it becomes ever more challenging to select the best beers from a very strong field. Winning an award at a regional competition is an achievement to be proud of and to take one at the national competition an even greater one... winning an award offers the successful brewers the promise of much-increased awareness among beer enthusiasts, and new listings in the growing number of beer-oriented pubs, bars and off-trade outlets.”

For the first time this year, Punch Taverns - a pub company with a portfolio of around 5,000 pubs nationwide - is offering to showcase the Overall Gold, Silver and Bronze cask competition winners through its Finest Cask guest ale scheme, which is made available to 1,000 of its pubs. Crucially, the listing will run during May and June, taking in the busy Euro 2012 and Diamond Jubilee trading periods.